52.9 per cent. of the population of England saw a national health service dentist in the 24 months ending September 2008.
We have increased dental funding to over £2 billion and made it a national priority in the NHS operating framework that primary care trusts commission services to ensure access to anyone who seeks help in finding an NHS dentist. The NHS is planning that all PCTs will deliver this by March 2011.
The information is only available to primary care trust (PCT) level. As of 31 March 2008 there were 41 national health service dentists per 100,000 patients in England. In Northamptonshire PCT there were 38.
The dental work force is growing. The same data show that there were 655 more dentists working in the NHS in 2007-08 than there were in the previous year.